Whether the incident occurred 20 days, 20 weeks or 20 years ago the impact can be ongoing and very painful. No matter how much time has passed, triggers can make it seem like it is happening all over again in that moment which can feel unpredictable and possibly uncontrollable. Many may also question why this happened, and why it happened to you. While these may be questions that you may not always be able to gain answers to the one thing that is constant is…….. You survived. You survived for a reason even if you do not yet know what that reason is.
A victim is a person who suffers direct or threatened physical, emotional or financial harm as a result of an act by someone else, which is a crime (it is still a crime even if it was never reported). Victimization can be a very broad word to describe a very specific life changing situation in your life or that of a loved one. The impact can be physically, emotionally, psychologically and/or financially exhausting. It opens the door to a world that maybe you never knew existed regarding the lived trauma and possible re-victimization from law-enforcement or the judicial process depending on your experiences with those systems.
You made the difficult decision to seek support and healing. This is a way of taking back your power from the trauma. Healing is an ongoing journey that requires you to give patience and grace to yourself. Feeling heard and being believed are imperative to this process. I would love to talk more about your needs and how I can help you on your healing journey.